Introduction: Spray Paint Can Lamp

Picture of Spray Paint Can Lamp

This is a really quick and easy project to turn an old spray paint can into a lamp. I made this a few years ago, but took pictures of the finished product that should help you make your own.

-Dremel with bits

-Empty spray paint can (Older cans have more unique designs. Check in basements)
-Candelabra Lamp Kit  $6
-Candelabra Bulb $1
-Small weights (I used pennies)

1-2 hours

Step 1: Drilling

Picture of Drilling

1) Make sure the spray paint can is totally empty. You don't want paint to spray out when you start drilling. When it's totally empty, use a small nail to punch a hole in either spot that will be drilled out. This will release any remaining pressure.

2) Using the Dremel, drill/cut out the entire area within the top ring of the can. See the picture for a better description. Sand the edges smooth.

3) Using the Dremel again, cut out a 1/4" hole on the back bottom of the can.

4) Let any remaining paint inside dry for a couple of hours.

5) If you drill the hole in the back high enough, you could fill the bottom with plaster. I just used pennies, so it also functions as a rattler.

Step 2: Wiring

Picture of Wiring

Now, you won't be able to fit the socket or plug through the small holes in the can, so we need to cut the wire. Check out "Step 8" of my other Instructable, Light Box. This will show the basic technique for running the wiring through the lamp. Here's a quick summary of how it's done:

1) Open the switch using a small phillips head screwdriver.

2) Cut the wire, and run it through the lamp.

3) Reconnect the wire using insulated electrical tape.

4) Enclose the whole thing in the switch cover.

Step 3: Finishing

Picture of Finishing

1) Insert the clamp attached to the light socket in the top of the spray paint can. This is plenty strong to hold it in place, so don't worry about glue.

2) Add a bulb and a lamp shade, if you wish. I personally like the lamp with a low wattage bulb and no shade.

Done! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.


josh4729 made it! (author)2015-10-20

Easy to fellow instructions. Made it in no time.

jesucka87 made it! (author)2014-09-01

I finally made this lamp! Unfortunately, my wire was a little uglier than yours and I don't have much patience so I discarded the switch and have an ugly tape spot. It works though and it's still pretty neat. I'm going to use a dimmer bulb. Thanks for your instructable :)

mattboblilpants (author)2014-04-03

You can also cut the bottom out to make a pendant lamp. Try dripping the paint or paints along the sides for an added effect. Great up cycle

rickyd1013 (author)2014-03-11

I love it I done similar things like using a Jack Daniel's bottle. This should easy and fun.

abenavidez (author)2014-02-01

Does it only fit Krylon cans

Preval (author)2014-01-28

Ingenious! We just added this to our first collection, "spray paint". Cheers :)

kawaiilover (author)2014-01-28

Cool reuse idea! :)

Partybot (author)2014-01-26

Great idea! I'd recommend spending a dollar or two and get a real wire butt connector, heat shrink tubing instead of tape and rubber grommets for the holes in the can. It's worth it to avoid a fire or shock.

delno (author)Partybot2014-01-26

Great idea - I'll probably do that myself.

lime3D (author)2014-01-26

I like it. Some hot glue around the hole in the bottom will keep the sharp edges from cutting into the wire insulation.

steamjunkprops (author)2014-01-25

your spray can has an idea!

Great work and a cool little project

emilkaram (author)2014-01-25

Wawo very cool

M3G (author)2014-01-25

Very cool!

About This Instructable




Add instructable to: